A Peek Into Anais Nin’s Diary
I own many a journal. Some pretty, some plain. Almost all blank.
Unfortunately, I lack the discipline to journal, despite my professed love for the practice of it.
Perhaps this is why the writer Anais Nin has always appealed to me. (Well, that and her unusual and beautiful name!)
Nin began keeping a diary at age eleven and apparently never stopped. There are fifteen volumes of her diary in publication, spanning a period of six decades. She is undoubtedly one of the most prolific diarists of all time. In addition to all those journals, she also found time to write short stories, novels and a couple of volumes of erotica. (And, oh, have an affair with Henry Miller, as well.)
Anais Nin’s Words of Wisdom
So many of Nin’s words resonate with me. Without further ado, here’s a smattering of them for your enjoyment:
- on how courage opens the doors of your life
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
- on the courage to be yourself, to bloom and shine in all your glory
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
- on the limits of our personal perspectives
“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.”
- and (Amen!) on the personal responsibility we have as women
“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.”
- on one of the many benefits of love
“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”
- on the limits of love
“You can’t save people, you can only love them.”
- on how love ends
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
Do any of these quotes resonate with you?
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